Vera Lynn - Dame Vera Lynn Campaigning Against Foie Gras
Veteran British singer Dame Vera Lynn has become the latest star to back a campaign for a ban on sales of controversial delicacy foie gras at a London department store.
Celebrities including actor Sir Roger Moore, funnyman Ricky Gervais and former supermodel Twiggy have all previously protested against the food item being stocked at the British capital's Fortnum & Mason.
Lynn has now written a pleading letter to executives at the store, insisting their reputation is being "tarnished" by sales of foie gras, which is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten up their liver.
The 94 year old writes, "I was most upset to learn that Fortnum & Mason stocks foie gras, a product so cruel that its production is not allowed in the U.K. and yet you continue to import it from France.
"There is no way to produce foie gras humanely and the force-feeding process is universally condemned by veterinarians, scientists and animal welfare groups. For a department store with such a proud British heritage it made me sad you would wish to tarnish it by associating yourself with force-feeding of animals."
A representative from the store says, "We are here to provide our customers with the products they ask for which includes foie gras."